Martin powers Mariners past A’s 7-6 in 10 innings; Twins win, Rockies lose

Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Leonys Martin insists he wasn’t swinging for the fences.
But a good swing got the job done at the most opportune of times for the Seattle Mariners.
Martin homered in the top of the 10th inning as the Mariners rallied from a four-run deficit to defeat the Oakland Athletics 7-6 on Tuesday night. Martin hit a high arcing shot to right off a 2-1 94 mph fastball from Josh Smith (2-0) with two outs.
His second home run of the season pushed the Mariners’ record on their nine-game road trip to 5-3.
“I didn’t try to hit a homer,” the Mariners right fielder said. “I was trying to put a good swing” on it.
Tony Zynch pitched out of a jam in the bottom of the 10th for his second save.
Marc Rzepczynski (2-0) pitched a scoreless inning in the bottom of the ninth.
The A’s had runners at first and second with one out but Zynch struck out Chad Pinder swinging and got Matt Chapman to fly out to right.
Smith was the seventh reliever manager Bob Melvin summoned in relief of Kendall Graveman, who was making his second start after being on the disabled list with a strained right shoulder. Graveman gave up four runs (three earned) and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.
“I started out well. I needed a quick out in the sixth,” Graveman said. “My stuff flattened out at the end and they did a good job of putting it in play.”
Khris Davis was 2 for 4 with a home run (his 30th), a triple and four RBIs and Ryon Healy had three hits including a solo home run - his 21st - as the A’s took a 6-2 lead into the sixth inning.
“Down early, we kept chipping away,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “A lot of good at-bats.”
Oakland’s gaffe-prone defense figured prominently in the meltdown as they committed three errors that led to two unearned runs.
Ben Gamel went to second on rookie third baseman Chapman’s throwing error leading off the eighth inning. Gamel went to third on Jarrod Dyson’s infield grounder and scored on pinch-hitter Danny Valencia’s sacrifice fly.
“When you play close games like that, making three errors is certainly not going to help,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “We’ve got to get cleaner. You can’t make three errors and expect to win.”
Gamel was 2 for 5 with a two-run double.
The A’s lead the majors with 95 errors and 70 unearned runs allowed.
Seattle was 2-44 when trailing after seven innings going into Tuesday.
“That’s a great team win, great comeback,” Martin said. “Like I said before we’re playing 27 outs.”

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Brian Dozier hit his first career grand slam and Max Kepler and Eddie Rosario each homered twice, powering Minnesota to a two-game sweep of Milwaukee.
Matt Garza (5-6) turned in his shortest and worst start of the season with eight hits and eight runs allowed in 3 1/3 innings for the Brewers, who fell to 4-11 in their last 15 road games.
Twins starter Adalberto Mejia was pulled with one out in the fourth inning with pain in his upper left arm, after allowing seven hits and three runs. Tyler Duffey (1-3) relieved with two innings for his first victory of the season, and Dillon Gee struck out five over four scoreless innings for his first career save.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Yan Gomes hit a three-run homer off Greg Holland with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting Corey Kluber and Cleveland to the victory.
After Austin Jackson tied it with a two-out bloop RBI single, Gomes connected on the first pitch from Holland (2-3), driving it into the seats in center field. Charlie Blackmon homered for the Rockies.